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April 24, 2013

4 Tips to Creating Your Best Diet

Thanks to Colleen from The Lunchbox Diaries for writing this great post on the importance of finding your best diet for optimal health!

I’m often asked, “Colleen, can you help me figure out what ‘healthy stuff’ I should eat?” Since I am no where near being qualified to answer that question, this is the advice I normally give:

Stop Comparing: In my humble opinion, comparing is the worst thing you can do for yourself, and that includes comparing diets! Just because your favorite blogger is super thin and toned and she also happens to be Paleo/vegetarian/no carb/no sugar/WHATEVER doesn’t mean that is going to work for you.

Kick the Fads: I’ll be honest with you, not long ago, I tried The South Beach diet. My mom had success with it several years ago, and I figured if it worked for her, it would work for me. False. (See: stop comparing  ) To be blunt  I wanted to punch someone while I was on South Beach. I love carbs and fruit! I failed to take into account what makes me happy. Because let’s be honest, if a diet makes you angry, it’ll be quite challenging to maintain!

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Experiment: No, not with fad diets, but with foods. I have Crohn’s Disease, so I’ve done a heck of a lot of experimenting with the foods I put into my body. This has been different for me, because I’m not doing it for vanity reasons, I’m doing it solely because I want to feel good.

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Yes, veggie bowls from Chipotle make me feel good! 🙂

ENJOY! Most importantly, the way to create your best diet is to enjoy what you’re eating! Sure, I enjoy brownie sundaes, but I’d feel awful if I ate one every day. Creating your best diet is about finding the foods that taste good, make you feel great, and energize you. For me, my diet is all about moderation. I eat meat, fruits, veggies, carbs, and sweets, all in moderation! Do what makes you feel best, and forget the rest!